A lot of coaches would've struggled though, because underperformers like Scotland and Broughton would've been traded out and popular selections like Dempsey, Fyfe and Leuenberger all got injured and scored well below their averages.
Every week there are the shockers, and ignoring those injured players above, the top five coaching disappointments this week were:
5. Dean Cox - 101 (22.3%)
4. Daniel Giansiracusa - 40 (1.3%)
3. Travis Cloke - 62 (14.0%)
2. Taylor Walker - 24 (6.5%)
1. Steve Johnson - 56 (7.1%)
Cox may consider himself a little unlucky to make the list, but coming up against the Giants I know that some coaches decided to make him captain. Come on Coxy! Interestingly, all of the following are forwards: Gia is lucky that only 1.3% of teams have him because his 40 was appalling. Cloke, like the rest of the Mapgies, were pretty awful, and some coaches offloaded Martin for him. Bad move? Walker followed up two 100+ scores with a solid 24 points against the Hawks, and some serious questions need to be asked of Johnson, he's yet to score above 70 this season.
Not to worry though - there are always the players who delight the coaches. James Magner hasn't featured yet - but we love him anyway. Round 3's top five coaching pleasers are as follows:
5. Tom Bugg - 92
4. Scott Selwood - 145
3. Jack Ziebell - 132
2. Chris Masten - 135
1. Aaron Sandilands - 110
Bugg has been awesome support down back, and was unlucky not to be named Rising Star this round. If you make this list in consecutive weeks, it means that you're no longer a value player, but a gun. Scott Selwood is certainly that now. Ziebell's return was a major factor in helping the Roos complete their Geelong-overhaul, and should be monitored closely in the next few weeks. And those coaches that took the gamble on injury prone Chris Masten or Aaron Sandilands have been thoroughly rewarded, both have had great seasons to date.
An honourable mention to Greg Broughton, who has brought (no pun intended) a lot of pain so far this season, but he certainly pleased those coaches who stuck with him on the weekend, when he scored 110 points.
Okay. No point trying to wring it out, or hold the suspense. It's pretty obvious who this week's 'Star' is, isn't it? By selecting Pendlebury as captain over this guy you lost 244 points. Ouch. It's the Suns' captain Gary Ablett. You made a lot of coaches very happy this week Gaz. Well done sir.
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